5 out of 5 Stars!
A recent release from one of my new favorite authors, Sarah J. Maas!
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
I have to start out by saying that I didn’t like this book as much as the second novel in the series. That being said, this book was still fricken amazing!
The third installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series begins with Feyre back in the Spring Court… A frustrating fact that probably left most readers wanting to scream. But don’t be fooled. Feyre puts her experiences from the Night Court to good use. From battle training to lessons on court intrigue, Feyre is ready to do her part to end the war, even if it means becoming cut-throat and betraying old friends.
The character arcs in this novel are as phenomenal as always. Throughout the series, Feyre has grown from an uneducated, yet resourceful young woman into a leader willing to do whatever it takes to save her people and the male she loves. This book gives readers further insight into the lives of several other characters including Feyre’s sisters, Lucian, and Lucian’s brother, expanding on their histories and personal motivations.
My only real gripe about the character development was the abrupt introduction of not one, but two new LGBT characters and the (rather surprising) revelation of a third later in the novel. I love this new element in the realm of the fairy world, but it seemed almost like it was just thrown into the book helter-skelter rather than being an important social issue throughout the series.
Beyond the characterization, the vivid imagery of this novel was as beautiful as it was disturbing. The brutality of the warfare leaps off the pages even while the more tender moments break our hearts. Maas is a talented wordsmith with the ability to make every sentence into poetry. But be warned, that talent also leads to several grossly violent battle scenes and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, some extremely steamy romantic encounters.
Overall, I give A Court of Wings and Ruin 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait for the next novel in the series!!!